WATER is a potent disinfectant and a way to help prevent the spread of a bacteria that causes diarrhea in pregnant people.
But a study published online in the journal Current Biology says that the chemical’s ability to kill bacteria in the body can also be used to treat conditions like dysentery and stomach ulcers.
The study is a collaboration between the University of Chicago and the National Institutes of Health, and the research team includes scientists from the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and the University at Buffalo.
Their work is one of the first to use the compound to treat colorectal cancer.
The team looked at the potential for water to kill colon cancer cells.
They studied the effects of three types of bacteria: Listeria monocytogenes, Clostridium perfringens and Enterococcus faecalis.
Each of these can cause the growth of cancerous cells in the colon, and each of these bacteria have been linked to the growth in colon cancer.
They found that water could kill these bacteria by killing their “biofilm,” which is the structure of a cell that helps the cell survive.
Listeriosis is the most common cause of diarrhea in the United States, and is caused by eating contaminated food.
The researchers found that a study of colonoscopy samples taken from women who had colon cancer showed that the levels of Listerial-like organisms in the samples were significantly lower in women who drank filtered water compared to those who drank regular filtered water.
This suggests that the water can kill these organisms in part by removing the biofilm.
Enterococci are not the only bacteria that can cause diarrhea.
The type of bacteria that cause the diarrhea in people who have colon cancer is also important to understand.
“If you have a high level of colon cancer, it is associated with elevated levels of both Listeriol and Listerin, and those are important things to look for when you are going to treat patients with colon cancer,” said lead researcher and research associate Dr. Sarah E. Muhlhausen.
“We need to understand which are the major cause of the diarrhea and then we can tailor treatments accordingly.”
The researchers also found that there were differences in how water killed the bacteria between women who were given either filtered water or purified water.
“A high amount of filtered water was more effective than a high amount that was filtered, but filtered water also killed more than purified water,” Muhlshausen said.
They also found an association between the presence of certain types of colorets and colorexia, a condition that affects how many bacteria a person can digest, and how much diarrhea a person has.
They noted that women who are overweight or obese had higher levels of colorescy.
The research was funded by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the National Cancer Institute and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
The full article is available online at Current Biology.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.